Friday, September 30, 2011

Slow Healthy Weight Loss

I really love hearing from my blog readers/followers!! I appreciate your blog comments. I enjoy reading emails from you with your comments, questions, concerns, and encouragement! Your emails and comments inspire me to blog more, so please keep them coming!

Thank you Alicia for your email and inspiring this blog post!!


Do any of you watch The Biggest Loser? I really love that show!!

If you do not know anything about the Biggest Loser that is okay, because I will give you the highlights that you need to know.

The contestants workout all week with their trainers and participate in weekly weigh-ins. The first week that these contestants are on the Biggest Loser ranch is always amazing! Most of them manage to lose insanely large amounts of weight in just one week! Monday night, I watched episode one from the most recent season 12. One man lost 34 lbs in one week!! Holy Cow!!

Week one at the Biggest Loser ranch might be awesome, but the second week is always the worst!! Some people even say it's cursed, because anything can happen. In the past contestants have lost very small amounts of weight in week two and some people even gained weight!

I realize that this is only a reality TV show, but it happens in real life as well. At my Weight Watchers meeting last week I had a member who was extremely upset about her lack of weight loss. You see her first week on plan she lost 9.6 lbs. WOW!! What a great way to jump start your weight loss. However, the next week she came in and had gained 3.4 lbs. See, this is what I am talking about!? My member was frustrated and rightly so. She had done the same thing she did the week before only to gain. How was that possible?

The first few weeks that you are losing weight, you lose a lot of water weight which explains the incredible weight loss that takes place at the beginning of your weight loss journey. This does not happen for everyone, but it tends to be the norm. After losing a large amount of weight like that your body needs a week or two to level out, before it is ready to lose weight again.

I know that many people have done a lot of extreme dieting in the past and you are used to more rapid weight loss. No one likes to hear this, but I will tell it to you anyway, Weight Watchers believes in slow healthy weight loss. What this means is that by the end of your plan your average weight loss per week should be anywhere from 1-2 lbs.

When I lost my weight, I would lose a lot of weight one week out of the month and the other three weeks I would gain or only lose a little bit of weight. I learned that about myself, but it took time. I had to study my body in order to learn more about myself and you have to do the same.

You might be struggling like Alicia and my other Weight Watchers member and that is okay! You are not alone. It’s okay to be frustrated, but it is my prayer that you will not stay in that place of frustration. Try to become a student of your body and learn from setbacks like this! Just do not give up!! Stick with it and it will pay off!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Recipe Review: Soda Cupcakes

Last night I was baking up a storm! It was funny, because I was watching The Biggest Loser on Hulu at the same time as I was baking such yummy treats.

You see tonight we are having friends over for dinner and I was trying to make dessert ahead of time, so that I am not running around like a crazy person today. I really baking a lot and I wanted to try and make a Weight Watchers friendly dessert to share with our friends. I found just what I was looking for right here on my blog in My Recipe Collection!

Without further ado here is today's recipe review for Soda Cupcakes!


Pour the dry cake mix in a large bowl.

Add one can of diet soda.

Thoroughly whisk the two ingredients together.

Make sure to get all the lumps out.

I used a measuring cup to transfer the batter into cupcake liners.

WARNING: These cupcakes are very sticky. If you are not going to use cupcake liners make sure that you use nonstick spray on whatever pan you choose to bake this in.

This recipe said that it only made 12 cupcakes. However, I had so much batter that I probably could have gotten 24 cupcakes instead. Bake the cupcakes at 350 degree and refer to cake-mix box for pan size and approximate bake time.

The cupcakes right after I took them out of the oven.


I took the cupcakes out of the pan and let them cool.

These cupcakes are sweet enough that you might not need anything on top.

I put Cool Whip Free on top of my cupcake.

The final product!

These were so good! Enjoy!!

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Soda Cupcakes
Source: Hungry Girl

1 Boxed Cake Mix (any flavor)
12 fl oz Diet Soda (any flavor)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk thoroughly and transfer to a baking pan sprayed with nonstick spray; bake in the oven until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. (Refer to cake-mix box for pan size and approximate bake time.)


Best Flavor Combo
Yellow cake mix + diet cream soda. Runners-up include lemon cake mix + diet lemon-lime soda and devil's food cake mix + diet cherry cola.

The Texture
Moist and light.

The Taste
Pretty darn impressive! However, if you're sensitive to the sweetener in diet soda, you may notice a slight aftertaste... especially if you use cola of any kind.

Icing Options
Cupcakes can be frosted with 2 tablespoons of low fat whipped topping without affecting its point total. Also, to offer a richer flavor, one might try combining 1 1/2 cups of fat free vanilla yogurt with one package of Jell-O Sugar Free Fat Free Cheesecake Pudding. Mix thoroughly and top with 2 tablespoons per cupcake just before serving.

Choosing the Right Cake Flavor and Diet Soda
Pairing the cake mix and soda is crucial to flavor, but is not rocket science. For those hankering a lemon cake, the choice is obvious - lemon lime soda. Chocolate cake taste bests if a diet chocolate soda can be found (check out Waist Watchers Soda brand). If this somewhat elusive flavor cannot be found, opt for a diet cola or cream soda instead. Yellow and white cake mixes work well with lemon lime or cream sodas.

PER SERVING (1 piece, 1/12th of cake): 171 calories, 3.25g fat, 301mg sodium, 34g carbs, <0.5g fiber, 19g sugars, 1.5g protein --PointsPlus® value 5*

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Quality Time

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Maximize the Minutes


Here is the Meeting Summary from Saturday 24th, 2011.

In the meeting room last week we talked about different ways that we can maximize our minutes. We started by looking at what we are already doing to make it easier for us to stay on plan. We are not able to create more time, but we are able to plan and prioritize so that we can stick to the plan.

Gayle Reading, a time management consultant from Miami, who runs private and corporate workshops and for the last ten years has specialized in streamlining work schedules for women juggling careers and family. "Unfortunately, being chronically busy is a fast track to burn-out. That's why people come to me - to have someone give them permission to make simple lifestyle changes to get more time to themselves."

Sound appealing? Here are some of Reading's tips that will help you add an hour to every day:

In the morning:
- Get up earlier and go for a walk, so your evening is free to relax after work.
Buy groceries for tonight's dinner on your way to work, rather than on the way home - the store will be less crowded.
- Put in a load of wash and get your partner to help you hang it out. When you get home, it will be done.
- Clean one room before you go to work - by the weekend the housework will be done.
- Spend fifteen minutes soaking in an aromatherapy bath before the kids are awake. "You won't oversleep any more because you'll look forward to getting out of bed," says Reading.

In transit (on the bus or train):
- Write birthday cards or letters.
- Read the newspaper (and skim the headlines) or listen to a talking book.
- Work out your day's schedule.

At work:
- Take breaks - go for a walk or head to the park for lunch - you'll work far more effectively all afternoon.
- Ring ahead to check whether your doctor is running on time.
- Make a "to do" list: "Then number each task in order of importance," says Reading. "Tackle the biggest most taxing job first and you'll feel more energized all day."
- Stop being a perfectionist. "Learn where to cut corners and set times within which to complete tasks," Reading advises.

At night:
- Grab your cordless phone and pay bills by credit card while you stir the minestrone.
- Use your answering machine to screen calls and avoid unnecessary interruptions that eat into your night.
- Get a friend or relative to pick up the kids from baseball practice. Then do the same for them next week.
- While cooking, clean as you go.
- Let it go. "Remember, nobody has ever died from an untidy house," says Reading. "Whereas overwork has been proven to lead to chronic fatigue, cancer, ulcers and heart attacks."

On weekends:
- Delegate jobs like unloading the dishwasher to your partner and kids.
- Food shop outside peak-hours so you don't waste time in lines. Reading suggests you: "Organize a buddy system with a friend, where you buy her groceries one week and she gets yours the next."
- Cook in bulk and freeze the leftovers.
- Say no to social engagements every Friday night. "Then make a date with your partner, even if you just dress up and enjoy a candlelit dinner at home - you'll feel like you've pampered yourself," says Reading.

In summary....
Analyze your day. (Look for pockets of time)
Set priorities. (What would help you be successful today?)
Enlist help from others (Ask for help!).
Have a plan for the entire day.
Use the Plan-Friendly Shopping List on e Tools
Make an “appointment” for exercise or look for opportunities to move more.
Prepare additional food while cooking for future meals or freezing.

Monday, September 26, 2011

My Weekend Report

How was your weekend!? On Friday, I blogged about how we can Avoid Weekend Struggles. I asked you to choose one of three game plans for your weekend. Many of you commented and told me what you were planning to do, but I really want to know how it went.

Now, you are probably wondering how I did this weekend. On Friday, I told you that I was going to follow #2, "a Relaxed Version of the Plan". More specifically I said,

"I am going to choose #2 and follow a more relaxed version of the plan this weekend. I am going to track what I eat even if I go overboard, but allow myself to freedom to use my weekly PointsPlus allowance. On Saturday, we have an event at church and I do not know what kind of food they will be serving, so I will bring a snack for myself. On Sunday, Jon is going to make his famous Chinese food and I want to be able to enjoy more of it then I normally do when I am on plan."

Overall, my weekend was better than I expected. On Saturday, I stayed on plan all day until dinner where we went out to eat. I ate a larger meal and used some of my weekly PointsPlus allowance. The biggest success is that I was able to track everything I ate on Saturday! Sunday was a different story. I did not track anything after lunch and just ate what I wanted. Bummer!

I am being positive and trying to learn from my experience instead of just getting down on myself, because I threw the plan out the window on Sunday. It is not going to do any good to just focus on what I did not do.

This next weekend, I will have to look at what we have planned and maybe I could eat what I want on Sunday as long as I write it down. If you have any other ideas I would love to hear them!!

Weight Watchers announced that they have teamed up with Dr. Oz and together they are going to help transform America in a BIG way! You’ll have to tune in to the Dr. Oz show TODAY on Monday, September 26 for the official kickoff and to hear all the details!


For now, I’ll just say there a million reasons to join this revolution, and the biggest one of all is your health.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Avoiding Weekend Struggles

In my opinion, Friday is one of the best days of the week. It always feels like no matter what happens I can handle it. Why? Because it is Friday! If you survive Friday you have made it to the weekend which is my favorite part of any week. Friday may be the doorway to the weekend, however it is not as carefree as it is cracked up to be!

How can I better prepare my weekends for a healthier but relaxed approach? The weekends are veg time or really busy and stressful. We tend to eat out junk on the weekends.

I really struggle to stay on plan during the weekends. I hope that this is not a surprise to you, because I have tried to be honest about this constant struggle. I even changed my weigh in day to Saturday, because I have had such a problem with weekends! Read more about how I am Changing It Up.

I might be alone in this, but I feel like I have earned the right to enjoy my weekend. Is anyone else with me!? However, I believe that we need to consider the consequences of completely letting go of the Weight Watchers plan and binge eating, because we "deserve it". Weight Watchers teaches us to make lifestyle changes and that includes what we eat on the weekends. Do you trust the Weight Watchers plan enough to follow it every day of the week?

The way I see it, each of us are going to do one of three things with our weekends: #1 stay on plan, #2 follow a relaxed version of the plan and #3 throw the plan out the window and start again on Monday. I am not saying that one choice is better than the other. However, I believe that you need to know what version you are choosing to follow each weekend, so that you are prepared.

#1: Stay on Plan
You know the Weight Watchers plan and what it requires. If you have the discipline to stick to the plan, even on the weekend do it!! I have so much respect for those of you who can do this.

#2: Follow a Relaxed Version of the Plan
To me, this is the perfect happy medium. You have worked too hard during the week to undo all of it in one weekend. However, you have worked hard and might just need a break. That’s okay! Don’t throw the entire plan out at once. Maybe you can decide not to do part of the plan, but stick to the rest of it.

For example: Go out to eat and choose someone on the menu that might be higher in PointsPlus value, but make sure that you count your PointsPlus. See! You do not have to relax everything you have learned at once! Be careful not to throw too much away at the same time otherwise it might start looking like #3.

#3: Throw the Plan out the Window and Start again on Monday
The thing that scares me most about choice #3 is that I know how much damage I can do in two days. I know how easy it can be to NOT start again on Monday. If you choose #3, please do so with caution. Make sure that you have saved up your weekly PointsPlus allowance to compensate for your over eating. I hope that some of the principles that Weight Watchers has taught you will influence the choices you make on the weekend even if you are not following the plan exactly.

What number are you going to choose this weekend?

I am going to choose #2 and follow a more relaxed version of the plan this weekend. I am going to track what I eat even if I go overboard, but allow myself to freedom to use my weekly PointsPlus allowance. On Saturday, we have an event at church and I do not know what kind of food they will be serving, so I will bring a snack for myself. On Sunday, Jon is going to make his famous Chinese food and I want to be able to enjoy more of it then I normally do when I am on plan.

It did not take very long for me to come up with this plan. The best part is that I made this plan during my normal week! When the weekend arrives I do not have to work at planning what I am going to do, because I already did it earlier in the week. Now I just relax and enjoy my weekend!


Please let me know what number you choose and why! On Monday, we can review our weekend and see how it went!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Recipe Review: Broccoli Cheese Chicken

I want to thank all of you what have given me such great topics to blog about! One of the best ideas someone gave me is that I should write more Recipe Reviews. Well, I completely agree!

Cindy from Cindy and John's Life emailed me a recipe that she wanted me to do a recipe review on. I had every intention of posting that recipe review this week! However, I did not have all the ingredients to make it. Sad day!

So, I went to Cindy's blog looking for another recipe that I would have all the the ingredients to make. I found a recipe for Broccoli Cheese Chicken. Yum! There are few combination's in this world that taste as good as broccoli and cheese together!

It's slow cooker season and I hope that you will add this recipe to your menu this next month!

Please note: the ingredients call for frozen broccoli, but all I had on had was a broccoli and cheese steamer bag.
I used what I had and it turned out good!

I only used two chicken breasts, because that's all I had.

Melt margarine or butter

Combine Cream of Broccoli soup and melted margarine

Add milk to soup mixture

Stir everything together

Spoon soup mixture over chicken

Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

Remove cooker lid and place broccoli over chicken. Cover and cook one more hour.

I served this over rice for dinner. This was good, however I would have added some salt and pepper to give it a little more flavor.

We ate this meal with our friends Michael & Becky!

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Broccoli Cheese Chicken
Source: Cindy and John's Life

4 breast(s) uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast
2 Tbsp margarine, melted
10 oz Campbell's 98% Fat-Free Cream of Broccoli
1/4 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
10 oz frozen chopped broccoli

Place boneless chicken breasts in oblong slow cooker.

In bowl, combine melted butter, soup and milk. Spoon over chicken.

Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Remove cooker lid and place broccoli over chicken. Cover and cook 1 more hour. Serve over noodles or rice.

Servings 8; PointsPlus 5

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lingering Benefits of Exercise


Here is the latest Get Fit email from Dr. Jacobs.

We all know that doing exercise is good for you.

Now it turns out that our bodies continue to work out long after we have stopped exercising.

Anyone undertaking a vigorous fitness session continues to burn calories for hours after they finish, research shows.

Men who exercised on a stationary bike for around 45 minutes burned an additional 190 calories over the 14 hours afterwards, the study found.

The same theory should apply to any intense activity, be it football, swimming or running, researchers say – and for the fairer sex.
However, to get the extra calorie-burning benefits, the workout needs to be enough that ‘you’re sweating, your body temperature is up and your heart beats fast’.
Ten volunteers, aged 22 to 33, each burned an average of 519 calories during their biking tests.

Afterwards, however, they burned another 190 calories – meaning their bodies carried on working when physical activity ceased.

Researcher David Nieman, of Appalachian State University in Kannapolis, North Carolina, U.S. said: ‘That means a person would lose one pound after five intense exercise bouts if they resisted the temptation to eat more.

‘This shows that intense exercise can have a meaningful impact on your body fat stores if you don’t counter it with an extra piece of cake. I hope this will motivate people to get out there to do sweat-producing activities. You get so much bang for your buck.’

Mr. Nieman added that although only men were used as test subjects, there is ‘every reason to believe that the findings apply to women, too’.

The researchers used a metabolic chamber for the study, which is a silicone-sealed room with a bed, sofa and sink. Food was sent in through an air-locked entrance.

This allowed scientists to measure how much oxygen a volunteer consumed and how much carbon dioxide was produced, before calculating the number of calories burned.

Each of the men was given a rest day in the chamber and did little physical activity for 24 hours, bar stretching every two hours for two minutes.

They then spent a second day in the room doing exactly the same despite cycling vigorously for 45 minutes at 11am.

Measurements were taken immediately afterwards and again at 1am the following morning.

Other research has looked at the number of calories burned during exercise, but this is the first study to identify that it happens afterwards as well.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Overcoming 5 Common Weight Loss Obstacles


Here is the Meeting Summary from Saturday 17th, 2011.

There are certain obstacles that everyone seems to encounter sooner or later in the weight-loss journey. Here's how to prepare yourself for hurdles and learn how to lose weight for life.

If you're new to dieting (and maybe even if you aren't), you may think that a successful weight-loss journey is one that's struggle-free. It starts the day you snap out of your old habits and start eating and exercising the right way, and ends the day you are at the weight of your dreams. And there isn't a single hitch along the way.

Well, here's something you ought to know. Samantha Heller, MS, RD, senior clinical nutritionist at the New York University Medical Center in New York City, says, "In the course of a weight-loss journey, everybody encounters obstacles."

"We can't be perfect," says Heller. But getting thrown off track occasionally does not mean you've messed up for good. Don't set yourself up for failure by believing that. In any process that requires changing lifestyle habits, there are going to be ups and downs. Understand that, and you're on your way to lifelong success.

Obstacle advice
That said, expecting ups and downs is the perfect way to make them work for you, rather than against you. We asked several dieters what they think are the most common weight-loss obstacles. Here's what they said, and what you should do when you come across these challenges on your weight-loss journey.

Common obstacle #1: Shame
One dieter said: "My biggest mistake? Skipping my weekly weight-loss meeting if I think I gained some weight. That's when I need help the most!"

How to jump the hurdle: Knowing you overindulged can be upsetting, says Heller, but instead of punishing yourself, learn from the lesson. Out of shame, you may feel tempted to stop keeping track of what you eat, or to stop stepping on the scale. Don't! "Keeping a good food diary keeps you conscious and aware of what you're doing," she says. You can use it — together with your scale — to find out how well you're doing, and most important, why you're getting the results that you are.

Common obstacle #2: Unrealistic deadlines
One dieter said: "Every time I say I want to lose weight by a certain date or event, I wind up not losing anything and sometimes gaining. That has been my biggest downfall."

How to jump the hurdle: The temptation to try to get to a certain weight in time for an event such as a wedding or reunion is strong. But doing so, says Heller, could set you up for failure. Not making your deadline could turn you off to weight loss altogether. "Be patient with your body," she says. "Set realistic goals, then work hard to get to them." Remember, reaching your weight loss goal will feel just as great if it takes you longer to get there, and taking the time to establish healthy habits will help you stay at your weight goal for life.

Common obstacle #3: Temptation
One dieter said: "I used to say, before starting a diet, 'I'll never eat X again' in order to lose weight. 'Never' is a long time, and restricting foods from my diet just made me want to eat that restricted food even more!"

How to jump the hurdle: If you have favorite foods that are very high in calories, and you really love them, deciding you'll never eat them again is a recipe for disaster. Because then, when the temptation wins (and it probably will), you'll feel as though you've failed. The trick is to find ways to fit the food in without going off track. Look for low-fat versions, for example. Or allow yourself an occasional splurge. "Just always understand the pros and cons of eating whatever the food is," says Heller, and plan accordingly.

Common obstacle #4: The "diet" mentality
One dieter said: "When I think of weight loss as 'this is how I'm living my life now,' instead of calling it a 'diet,' it is less overwhelming. Just 'something I do.' Otherwise, I get hung up on 'I can't wait until I can eat X again.'"

How to jump the hurdle: "Something you do for a couple weeks to a month is not going to change your life," says Heller. Create habits that you know you'll be able to keep up every day for the rest of your life, and, even if it's one habit at a time, dedicate yourself to making the changes for good. This way, your weight loss will be for good, too!

Common obstacle #5: Plateaus
One dieter said: "When I read the stories of people who have been really successful at this, they have hung on despite plateaus and gains. Being impatient is probably my biggest mistake."

How to jump the hurdle: "Understand that it's totally okay to reach a plateau in your weight loss," says Heller. The reasons could be your body's natural reaction, or it could mean you've loosened up on the good habits you've developed. Either way, break through by keeping at it and increasing your exercise. Just be patient, and you will make your goal!

Monday, September 19, 2011


Good Morning Blog Friends! How are you? How are your weight loss journeys going?

I'm sorry for being a blog slacker last week. I've been really stressed which makes it hard to blog. When I am stressed I often end up cutting things out of my life that I enjoy the most. I know it doesn't make sense, but that's what I have been doing the last few weeks. I have put myself on the back burner and made others a priority over myself. I cannot do this any longer! I have to get my priorities back in order and put myself closer to the top!!

Another reason that it has been hard for me to blog is because I feel like I am running out of things to say. Did I just say that!? It's probably not good to admit to your readers that you are suffering from writer's block, but it is true. Please do not misunderstand me, I love writing for this blog! I love being honest and open with you about Weight Watchers, healthy eating, struggles, spiritual things and more. However, I would really appreciate having some reader questions or topic suggestions to go off of.

Will you help me?

Thanks for letting me be honest with you!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Weight Watchers Caramel Spice Cake Yogurt

Weight Watchers Caramel Spice Cake Yogurt = 2 PointsPlus

Have you tried the new flavors of Weight Watchers yogurt yet? I had not until this week. 

Let me just tell you that this yogurt in really good!

I had seen a Weight Watchers coupon which showed some new flavors of Weight Watchers yogurt. However, I had not been able to find it at any of the stores in town. This past Saturday while Jon and I were shopping, I went to get some yogurt. I was so excited to find a new flavor of Weight Watchers yogurt! 

Wal-Mart had finally received Weight Watchers Caramel Spice Cake flavored yogurt! 

I tried this for the first time on Monday and it was very tasty! I do not like yogurt for dessert, but this flavor was incredible and I think it would satisfy my evening sweet tooth. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Getting Back on Track after Summer

  Here is the meeting summary for September 10, 2011.

One minute you're eating, drinking and making merry in the summer sun. The next you're back home, very possibly disappointed by any vacation weight gain and facing the prospect of the oncoming colder weather. It's enough to make anyone ditch their diet, grab the comforter and become one with the cookie jar.

Are you like many others trying to ditch your summer vacation eating habits? Here are 10 ways to get back on track after summer.

Follow these 10 top tips to get back on track 
1. It might seem obvious but you can avoid the post-vacation panic if you eat and drink sensibly while you're away. Eating well over summer is easy as you can always get access to low PointsPlus® value foods (sorbets, salads, exotic fruits etc.) and you'll also have lots of opportunities to earn activity PointsPlus values by swimming, walking and other outdoor activities.

2. Your vacation feeling doesn't have to end the moment you walk through your front door. Make the most of the fading light by getting out and about. The exercise will not only burn calories but it will also keep you feeling cheerful and buoyant well after your vacation has ended.

3. Same goes for food. Recreate some of the best meals of your trip at home. Buy the best fish you can afford or the leanest cut of meat, season well and grill over charcoal for the authentic alfresco taste. Serve with a crisp salad, juicy tomatoes and fresh herbs for a light, low PointsPlus value meal.

4. Foods that make you feel full will stop you from overeating, even if you're suffering the back-to-work blues. Mix tastes, textures and temperatures to keep your palate entertained and opt for filling, slow-release foods such as brown rice, bananas, potatoes and lentils.

5. Have a kitchen clear-out. Get back on track by clearing out the cupboards and fridge. Have an amnesty on naughty foods; don't feel guilty for having bought them, just trash them.

6. Stock up on delicious fall foods. Swap out light summer herbs like basil and cilantro for woodsy rosemary, thyme and sage, and look for autumn apples and squash. Spend an afternoon with a cup of coffee and your favorite cookbooks, finding low PointsPlus value recipes for the forthcoming months. You could also cook a few meals in advance and freeze them.

7. Anticipate any monthly milestones. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are just a few of the seasonal events that revolve around food. We've got lots of recipes for all these occasions so there's no reason you have to miss out on all the fun.

8. Exercising in bad weather can be brutal. Keep on track with your fitness routine by investing in a new workout DVD or picking up second-hand copies from a thrift shop. If you don't feel like buying any DVDs, your local library and video store will have them to rent for a few bucks.

9. Make sure you get enough sleep. Vacations, jet lag and getting back to work can all disrupt your sleep patterns leaving you tired and low. Tiredness is often a trigger for snacking and overeating, so make sure you get plenty of rest and the full eight hours.

10. Stay positive! Your summer vacation may be over but each season has its own charm. Some of the nicest walking weather happens in the fall, with its clear skies and glorious colors, while winter is the perfect time to be sledging, skiing and building fires — all great fun activities which will earn you extra activity PointsPlus values!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sexy Christians


Preface: I blog about what’s on my mind and this I have been thinking a lot about sex and self-image. Blogging helps me to process what I am thinking about. So, try to bear with me. Thanks!

Last week, I listened to Pastor Mark Driscoll’s The Peasant Princess sermon series. This sermons series took an in depth look at the book of the Songs of Solomon. I enjoyed Pastor Mark's preaching because it was to the point. He does not beat around the bush, but simply tells you how it is which I appreciate. At the end of each of his sermons Pastor Mark would give you questions to ask your spouse so that you could begin to talk about some of these issues.

This past weekend I tried to talk about some of these things with Jon. We had some good talks! When I was all out of questions Jon surprised me with a question of his own. He asked me, "why don't you feel sexy?" I quickly tried to come up with an answer, but the truth was that I nothing was good enough. I am not sure why I do not feel sexy, but it is just a fact.

I began to wonder, "can Christians be sexy?" I’m talking married Christians in a Godly covenant relationship, can they be sexy? Well, of course they can! However, what does that look like? What does it look like to be a sexy married Christian? 

Our world and culture do a good job at telling us what they believe is sexy. But why does the church stay so quiet about such an important issue? Shouldn't Christians be examples of what is means to have a healthy understanding of sexuality?

The Lord has not given me any divine revelations about my questions, but if He does I will let you know!

So...what do you think?

Friday, September 9, 2011

My Challenging Week

 Happy Friday!!

Do you ever have those weeks were you are so thankful that you were able to make it to Friday!? I feel like I can finally take a deep breathe, because this is the last day of the week. If I survive today, I will have made it to the weekend! Praise the Lord!!

It has been a very long and challenging week for me. I have been busy with a huge project at work. As a result, I go home feeling exhausted from all of the effort that I have had to put into this project. I am not finished with my project yet, but that’s okay. I know that I will get it done and I am not going to worry about it anymore.

However, in all honesty, I have not had a very good week on plan. I am stressed. I have not been grocery shopping. I am tired. I have not been able to mentally get my mind back on plan after Labor Day.

I am weighing in tomorrow morning and at that time I am going to start over. I am going to keep trying and not give up just because I had one bad week.

I wanted to share this with you in case you have ever thought that I have it all together. I am not a perfect person and I make mistakes just like anyone else. Just because I am at my weight loss goal does not mean that I do not struggle to make the right food choices. I need to take some time to pray and ask God to help me refocus on what is important and not let work overwhelm me.

I hope that you have a great weekend!

"For I am the Lord your God who takes your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you."
- Isaiah 41:13

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Smart Supermarket Shopping Guide

For some of us the Supermarket can be an extremely intimidating. There are tempting foods around every corner!!

This was such a fun meeting to lead, because I love the grocery store! I have so much fun grocery shopping with my husband. Jon is so supportive of my weight loss. He even helps me calculate PointsPlus values of different foods, to try and find the largest serving size for the least amount of PointsPlus.

If you find the grocery store overwhelming please read the meeting summary below. If you have already learned how to navigate the grocery store, please share your tips with me! I would love to know how you do it!

Here is the meeting summary from September 3, 2011.

More than 30,000 food products fill the shelves of approximately 34,000 supermarkets in the U.S., according to the Food Marketing Institute. Supermarket superstores offer endless aisles of food choices, and wholesale centers encourage us to consume in bulk to save money.

Without a clear game plan, double coupons, weekly specials and free samples can encourage you to buy more food than your family needs and derail your weight-loss efforts.

Weight Watchers has created a Smart Supermarket Shopping Guide with tips to help you make wise food choices, save time and plan your ultimate 40-minute shopping trip.

Plan Ahead 
• Write down your shopping list. It helps you stay focused while strolling the aisles.
• Post your shopping list on the refrigerator and add to it as you need to replenish your food and household items. This saves time when you are ready to shop.

Review Your List
• Before heading out to the store, use the shopping circular to help plan the major meals for the week. After planning your menu, check your pantry and fridge to take inventory of what you need.
• Always add a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for side dishes and snacks.
• Include a few treats to avoid feeling deprived.
• Do not forget the staples: milk, eggs, juice, cereal, bread, and yogurt. These basic food items are a good place to reduce fat and calories because you can choose lowfat or nonfat versions of most of these items. Some of these items help increase daily fiber intake also.

Shopping Strategy 
• Get through the supermarket quickly by organizing your list according to the store layout. Most supermarkets are similarly designed, with perishable foods, such as fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, eggs and breads around the perimeter of the store, and aisles and end-displays containing cleaning and paper products, health and beauty aids, packaged and canned goods, and frozen foods.

• Purchase only the items on your shopping list. Resist impulse purchases which tend to be high fat and high calorie. However, we all fall prey to impulse shopping and if you deny yourself you will wind up spending even more. Allow yourself three impulse items and write them down as you buy them, that way you will feel satisfied and still stay on budget.

• Eat before you shop. Never go to the supermarket with an empty stomach. You are likely to end up with more food than you need and more fattening selections.


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